Neha Sharma

Stakeholders in Rajasthan’s tourism and hospitality industries met on Saturday at Vesta International Hotel, Jaipur.

Tourism and Hospitality Titans Gather on a Unified Stage — Organized under the banner of ADTOI — Tourism Promoters Honored — Emphasis on Promoting Wedding Tourism and Hospitality. — Discussion on Tourism Challenges and Solutions for the future. Stakeholders from the Rajasthan tourism and hospitality sector gathered at the Vesta International Hotel in Jaipur on Saturday. During this event, distinguished individuals who made remarkable contributions to the tourism sector were honored. The occasion was the Rajasthan Chapter’s Rajasthan Hospitality and Tourism Stakeholder Meet-2024, organized under the banner of the Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India. On this occasion, Mr. Virendra Shekhawat, Secretary of ADTOI Rajasthan, said that the event was organized to bring all stakeholders together on one platform. The People behind this elevation of the state’s tourism, through their experience and hard work. Officials from both central and state tourism departments were also present at the meeting. The program included discussions on the challenges and solutions in the tourism sector. Shekhawat mentioned that they aim to promote rural and domestic tourism to help each other grow. Prominent Personalities Honored – Earlier, the program was inaugurated by lighting the lamp by Mr. GD Bairwa from the Central Tourism Ministry, Mr. Rakesh Sharma, Additional Director of the Rajasthan Tourism Department, and other chief guests. Mr. Kuldeep Singh Chandela, President of the Federation of Hospitality and Tourism of Rajasthan and the Hotel and Restaurant Association, Mr. Khalid Khan, Vice President of FHTR, Mr. Mahendra Singh, President of the Rajasthan Association of Tour Operators and Co-Chairman of the Indian Association of Tour Operators Rajasthan, Mr. Mohan Singh Medtia, Secretary of RATO, Mr. Rajendra Singh Jodha, Executive Committee Member of RATO and FHTR, …

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Touring the filming locations of “The Greatest of All Time”: a Moscow itinerary for film buff tourists

Russia’s capital city recently became a film set for the Indian action movie “The Greatest of All Time” by director Venkat Prabhu. The movie was shot on Red Square, in Lyalin and Maly Kazenny Lanes and on other Moscow streets. Here are some tips on some other places to visit in Moscow to feel like you are “in a movie”. A guided tour of the legendary Mosfilm film studio can be no less impressive than Moscow’s classical museums and exhibitions. The grounds of the enormous film company are a genuine paradise for movie buffs and especially for connоisseurs of Soviet cinema, as almost all the best films from the Soviet period were made here. Mosfilm’s museum contains some genuine rarities, including a collection of retro cars, vintage carriages, movie props, costumes and bits of scenery, stands with rare camera equipment and even the original Worker and Kolkhoz Woman sculpture by Vera Mukhina – the studio’s familiar emblem. Open-air pavilions recreate for cinema the streets of old Saint Petersburg and pre-revolutionary Moscow, the Russian provinces and European cities. A popular new location for cinema tourism recently appeared in Moscow – the enormous Moskino cinema park. The city authorities have given permission to develop 320 hectares of former wasteland and rubbish dumps to create this unique space for film production, featuring pavilions and locations for outdoor shoots. The complex has been designed so that Russian and foreign film directors can make films on absolutely any topic and find suitable historical film sets. Here, you can already take a walk around the streets of a 1940s town on the outskirts of Moscow, imagine yourself as a peasant in a small Russan village or …

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Radisson Sector 29, Gurugram announces Bhupendra Tomar and Parul Trehan’s promotions.

Radisson Hotel Sector 29, Gurugram, proudly announces the promotion of Parul Trehan to the position of Learning and Development Manager; and Bhupendra Tomar to the position of Food and Beverage Manager, effective April 1, 2024. Parul Trehan, an English Honors graduate from Jaipur,  started her remarkable career at the Heritage Hotel, owned by the Jaipur royal family. She has since refined her skills in prestigious establishments such as The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts and Oberoi Hotels & Resorts. Driven by her love for providing exceptional service and hospitality, Parul joined Radisson in 2023 and eventually made the shift into learning and development. Parul’s key priorities will be team building and improving hotel quality. Alongside Anuj Soin, she will strive to uphold and surpass Radisson Sector 29, Gurugram’s high standards for service excellence. Anuj Soin, General Manager at Radisson Sector 29, Gurugram said, The selection of Parul as Learning & Development Manager is a reflection of her unrelenting commitment, ceaseless efforts, and steadfast quest of excellence. Bhupendra Tomar, an IHTM, Ghaziabad graduate in hotel management; joined Radisson Hotel Group in 2014. He was formerly connected to prestigious companies like Hilton and The Leela. Bhupendra has improved the food and beverage experience at Radisson Sector 29, Gurugram, across his whole stay. He will put a lot of effort into creating distinctive dining experiences in his new capacity. Increasing team productivity, integrating the newest F&B trends into menu items, and guaranteeing that F&B operations and hotel operations are seamlessly integrated are some of his duties. “Bhupendra’s promotion demonstrates our dedication to developing internal talent and elevating from within, said Anuj Soin, General Manager at Radisson Sector 29, Gurugram. Parul will carry out our training …

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Bhupinder Singh is promoted as-Director of Airport Services– India- Marriott International

Bhupinder Singh has recently been promoted to Director of Airport Services – India for Marriott International. With over seventeen years of distinguished experience in the hospitality industry, Singh brings a proven track record of success in strategic management and a guest-centric approach to his new role. He will be responsible for leading airport services across Marriott’s portfolio of hotels in India. Since joining Marriott International in February 2013, Singh has consistently demonstrated dedication to exceeding guest expectations and optimizing operational efficiency. In his previous role, he oversaw airport operations and airline sales for the Delhi & NCR Cluster, which included prestigious hotels such as JW Marriott Hotel Aerocity, Aloft Aerocity, Westin Gurgaon, Le Méridien Gurgaon, Courtyard by Marriott Gurgaon, and Courtyard by Marriott Aravalli (Faridabad). Singh played a pivotal role in establishing and developing the Cluster Airport Operations Team for all Marriott hotels in Bengaluru. He also implemented standard operating procedures and fostered a seamless approach to handling elite guests, earning high praise for his team-building efforts. Bhupinder is an alumnus of Meerut’s JP Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology. In his leisure time, he enjoys spending quality time with his family and bike riding.

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Somali Bajpai named Cluster Marketing Manager for Crowne Plaza New Delhi Mayur Vihar & Holiday Inn Katra.

Somali Bajpai has been appointed as the Cluster Marketing Manager for Crowne Plaza New Delhi Mayur Vihar and Holiday Inn Katra, bringing a strategic, dynamic, and creative approach to enhance the brand presence and market penetration for both the hotels. Somali’s strategy will focus on enhancing Crowne Plaza New Delhi Mayur Vihar’s positioning as a vibrant destination catering to both business and leisure travellers in the capital city. She plans to implement innovative storytelling, curated events, and tailored PR and digital campaigns that resonate deeply with diverse set of guests & clients. At Holiday Inn Katra, Somali aims to leverage the hotel’s serene surroundings to attract spiritual and adventure-seeking travellers. Her approach will include crafting unique, compelling narratives and creating memorable experiences that highlight Katra’s tranquil yet adventurous allure. Veenu Rastogi, Area Director of Sales and Marketing, IHG South West Asia and DOSM, Crowne Plaza Mayur Vihar. said, “Somali is known for her knack for creating strategic collaborations with media and industry partners. Her appointment signifies a strategic initiative to innovate marketing strategies and reinforce the market positioning of both Crowne Plaza New Delhi Mayur Vihar and Holiday Inn Katra within the IHG portfolio.” With a robust background at leading PR agencies such as Ad factors PR, PR Pundit, and roles at HT City and DD News, Somali brings a profound understanding of media dynamics and consumer behaviour. Her successful tenure at Crowne Plaza New Delhi Okhla, marked by award-winning food festivals, demonstrates her ability to drive marketing and public relations initiatives. Somali has been recognized as a young achiever with notable awards, including the PR Moments 30 Under 30, Exchange4Media 30 Under 30, and the Women Achiever’s Award by …

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We are pleased to announce the inauguration of the new office for dcs plus Travel Technology

Since 2002, dcs plus has empowered travel players to stay relevant in this constantly evolving sector. Backed up by valuable insights gathered while working closely with travel professionals, dcs plus has designed a full software stack of business-critical solutions, addressing the complex needs of all types of travel operators. dcs plus is involved in business transformation projects in more than 60 markets, enabling travel agencies to become more operationally efficient and competitive, through an end-to-end technology platform with Travel ERP at its core. Having 2 of the largest European Venture Capital Funds, EarlyBird and Credo Venture as shareholders reconfirms the sustained dedication and drive of the dcs plus team in helping travel agencies maximize revenue and improve process efficiency while optimizing operating costs. dcs plus is the only travel tech company that offer an enterprise-grade, business critical end to end solution addressing the needs of all types of travel operators at a global scale, regardless of its business model or market. Either if we are talking about travel management companies (TMCs) or destination management companies (DMCs), tour operators, OTAs or the regular business and leisure travel agencies – everything is covered. dcs plus’s solutions perform across the travel distribution chain, from managing the full mid-back office operations (using TINA), creating and managing owned inventory (using AIDA) to aggregating and distributing travel content (using IRIX), developing fully functioning B2C website (using TRIP) or addressing the corporate travel needs (through NOVA). Headquartered in Bucharest, Romania, dcs plus targets the global market with regional offices in Dubai, Singapore, Buenos Aires and Gurgaon. dcs plus India Office 301, Unitech Cyber Park, 3rd floor, Tower A, Durga Colony, Sector 39, Gurugram, Haryana 122003, India

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The Hosteller Expands Portfolio with Launch of Bam Hotels – Ventures into the ‘Smart Boutique’ Hotel Space

The Hosteller, India’s largest backpacker hostel chain, is elated to announce the launch of Bam Hotels, a new venture aimed at catering to a broader audience in the hospitality sector. Recognizing the evolving needs of travelers, The Hosteller Management identified an opportunity to extend their offerings beyond the backpacker demographic. With 95% of The Hosteller’s customer segment falling between the ages of 18-30, Bam Hotels seeks to provide a seamless experience for travelers aged 30 and above, offering a sophisticated and comfortable stay while retaining the essence of The Hosteller’s ethos. Bam Hotels are conceptually founded on five key elements designed to cater to the evolving needs of modern travelers. Embracing a smart approach, these hotels are set to feature tech-first innovations such as zero touchpoint check-in/out and digital room and concierge services. The minimalistic design ethos intertwines luxury with simplicity, offering guests a refined experience. Always aiming to stay ahead, Bam Hotels adopts a futuristic mindset, continuously innovating to disrupt traditional hospitality norms. The accommodations are chic, crafted to appeal to the sophisticated tastes of contemporary travelers. Additionally, the hotels promote community living, encouraging connections and interactions among guests. In the short term, Bam Hotels plans to launch a pilot project with fewer than 10 properties in 2024. The goal is to establish Bam as India’s smartest direct-to-consumer (D2C) hotel brand, creating excitement around its innovative features like zero touchpoint check-in/out and reception-less hotels. Looking ahead, Bam Hotels aims to expand to over 100 properties in India within the next five years, becoming the preferred choice for tech-first, mid to high-level income group travelers. Addressing the occasion, the spokesperson for The Hosteller, said, “Imagine staying in a hotel where there …

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Madhya Pradesh’s inaugural City Museum in Bhopal will present history through modern technology.

–  International Museum Day on 18th May – The first City Museum of the state will be built in the left wing of Moti Mahal in Bhopal, while the right-wing will house the Mahapratapi Raja Bhoj Sangrahalaya – New cultural experience to be gained at Tribal Museum with 7 additional houses of 7 major tribes of the state In a historic move, the Government of India has approved the establishment of the first-ever City Museum in Bhopal. The Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board is setting up the Bhopal City Museum at the left wing of Moti Mahal is a one-of-its-kind project of the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board to bring forth a Tourist Interpretation Centre / Citizen Engagement Centre for the heritage and culture lovers. Principal Secretary of Tourism and Culture and Managing Director of the Tourism Board Mr. Sheo Shekhar Shukla said that Moti Mahal is an important heritage site in the city and with the high significance of the building, the proposed museum with 11 galleries will focus on the rich history of Bhopal and Madhya Pradesh covering the Historical and Geographical context of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal district and the formation of the city of Bhopal in particular. This highly anticipated museum will showcase the rich tapestry of the region’s history and culture. Visitors can expect to be dazzled by a collection of prehistoric rock paintings, stone tools, archaeological finds, stamps, attire of king and queens from Bhopal and surrounding areas, ancient sculptures, temple remains, and exquisite art from the Bhopal Nawab period. Modern technology will be utilised to create an engaging and informative experience for all age groups. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Government of Madhya Pradesh is …

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Avalon Waterways in Association & With Ottila International Hosts a Weeklong Fam on the River Danub

Leading the visionary path of the new wave in cruising is Avalon Waterways. Avalon Waterways has redefined river cruising by blending luxury, customization, and attention to detail to create unparalleled travel experiences. With their innovative Suite Ships, featuring the only Open-Air Balconies, and delivering immersive local experiences, Avalon invites travelers to see the world from the unique perspective of the legendary European rivers. In the mission to ensure their travel partners receive a sample of what the experience offers, Avalon Waterways, in partnership with Ottila International hosted a memorable river cruise familiarization on the Danube River, sailing from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary. The select partners sailed on “Danube Dreams” which is a favorite program with many discerning cruisers. They were hosted aboard “Avalon Envision” from amongst the youngest fleet of ships on Europe’s waterways – and witnessed some of Europe’s most spectacular picture postcards views. Mr. Varesh Chopra, Managing Director – Avalon Waterways, South Asia & Middle East said, “Along with Ottila International, we got the privilege of introducing our esteemed partners to the magic of Avalon Waterways cruises and also enriching the knowledge of those already familiar with the brand. The feedback from the advisors has been truly overwhelming!” This demonstrates our dedication to providing unforgettable travel experiences and fostering lasting relationships within the travel agent community. It also underscores the growing interest in river cruising, with Avalon Waterways leading the charge of Mission River Cruising in India. Adding more excitement to this entire effort are the unbeatable deals being offered aboard Avalon waterways in 2024 – so, if your savvy travelers have been looking to explore Europe in a whole new way – There is no comparison …

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Roseate Hotels & Resorts Enters into a strategic AI Partnership with Quicktext in the UK

Roseate Hotels & Resorts has partnered with Paris-based hospitality AI SuperApp, Quicktext to benefit from cutting-edge AI technology for their hotels based in the UK. The brand proffers a collection of seven luxury hotels across India and the United Kingdom, characterised by their unique charm, immaculate hospitality, highest standards of service and attention to the finest detail. Each of the hotels is strategically located and offers its guests a bespoke experience that has been well recognized and featured by key travel and hospitality media across the world. Following an engaging and meticulous process of research, this strategic partnership began with the introduction of Rose, the virtual assistant modelled specifically to reflect the benchmark service standards the brand is synonymous with: optimize guests’ interactions, enrich communication at every touchpoint, boost guest satisfaction, streamline operations and, last but not least, immaculate service. Best of all, the continuous analysis of big data (via (Q-Data & Q-Channel) is delivering actionable insights to Roseate Hotels & Resorts for new high value services, revenue management and personalized marketing campaigns. Quicktext also provides services to optimize sales and content (Q-Sales, Q-SEO, Q-Dynamic). Quicktext, the hospitality AI SuperApp is deeply impacting the world of hospitality marketing and operation with its outstanding, innovative solutions based on Q-Brain+, the hybridisation of classic conversational AI and generative AI. Ravi Birdy, Executive Director, Roseate Hotels & Resorts said, “We encourage and thrive on a culture of immaculate service, evolution, dynamism and growth! As part of our brand vision, we are on a constant quest to improve our products and services in order to offer an enriched, bespoke experience to our guests. The promising avenues that AI has opened today in the world …

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